Methods and Analysis

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Studio Ways of Doing

The studio ‘Ways of Doing’ aims to develop and assess distinct methods that allow for innovative way of analysis, architectural design, and spatial intervention in challenging post-industrial regions in the Low Countries. Every semester a different site is chosen for analysis.

These areas are often dominated by huge installations and factories, warehouses and other buildings, some still in use, others vacant. Often huge social questions and signs of foreclosure dominate both the political and the physical landscape. Cities make redevelopment plans, although often it is quite difficult to find the right program and approach in order to revitalize these areas. 
The aim of the study is to merge analysis and design in a very extensive way in order to face the difficult social, political, and spatial questions that dominate these post-industrial landscapes.

Architecture is facing rapid changes – not just formally and visually, but also culturally, socially and ecologically. Facing these changes, the field needs to develop new approaches of analysis and design, new forms of process thinking. The Master 1 of Methods and Analysis offers an encounter with a wide range of contemporary and historical approaches to analyze and intervene in changing urban and territorial conditions and provides the opportunity to develop innovative methods and tools for research and design. The studio does so by constantly shifting to different methods, in order to look at the site and the research question from various perspectives. Students will work in small groups focusing on a distinct research theme.




Ways of Doing, Fall 2017

During the 2016 fall semester the design studio Ways of Doing will focus on the Belgium city Charleroi, Wallonia. The city is the central settlement in the former mining area of Wallonia. Already for decennia, these mines are closed, and with them the steel factories that formerly dominated the landscape. The area therefore today is characterized by vacant lots and abandoned factory-buildings. Perspectives upon the future of the city, as one can touch upon in the media, is quite pessimistic. Therefore it is an architectural question, intertwined with social and economic perspectives, what can be done with the former industrial buildings and landscape. 

This design studio is accompanied by two seminars, The Tools of Architecture [AR1MET030, 3 ECTS] and The Roles of the Architect [AR1MET040, 3ECTS], that respectively investigate the methods of design and analysis beyond recent architectural projects and explore the various roles of contemporary architects in the field as well as in society.